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10.11.13
 

Important info ahead! That is, if you consider saving money on guilt-free groceries important… Read up, and take notes!

 
  Virtual Couponing!


Sure, you can kick it old school and cut coupons from the Sunday paper, but we skip the hand cramps and paper cuts with online coupons! There are TONS of them available, from those found on money-saving sites to those released by food companies themselves. Some websites don't even require printing; they simply apply savings to your supermarket discount card...

Savings Sites to Search:

CouponCabin

Coupons.com

SmartSource

CoolSavings

Grocery Coupon Network

Grocery Store Sites (Scavenge for Specials!): 


A&P

Kroger (Fred Meyer, Ralphs, etc.)

Safeway (Genuardi's, Vons, etc.)

Stop & Shop

SuperValu (Acme, Albertsons, etc.)

Whole Foods Market

 
 

Hot App Alert! Ibotta

The tagline for Ibotta is "Cash, Not Coupons." You earn offers on specific grocery items (tons of HG favorites are featured) by taking polls, watching videos, etc. After shopping, take a pic of your receipt with the app, and in 24 hours, the money you earned will be in your PayPal account. Cool and fun!

 
 
 
 

***POP-UP TIP: WAIT FOR DEALS, AND THEN STOCK UP!***

Keep an eye out for money-saving offers on frozen foods, foods that can be frozen, and foods with long shelf lives. Then POUNCE! We're constantly running exclusive specials on Vitalicious VitaTops in our daily emails, and Vitas can be stored in the freezer for a looooong time. Another deal-doling website? Amazon Grocery & Gourmet Food, with its super-impressive Manager's Specials.

 
  Aisle-by-Aisle Advice!


Fruit and Veggies - Buy seasonal -- there's generally a lot of whatever's in season, so stores lower the price to sell it all while it's still fresh. Click here for our Budget-Friendly Fall Recipe Roundup! And frozen fruit and veggies are great any time of year…

Meat and Seafood - Take some time to compare prices. The meat counter could have a deal that beats the price of the packaged stuff; sometimes a big pack of frozen chicken breasts is your best bet. And frozen shrimp is a big YES -- much cheaper than fresh!



Canned Foods - If you see a deal, stock up! Staples that we swear by? Canned beans, canned crushed tomatoes (lower in fat and generally cheaper than premade tomato sauce), canned/pouched tuna in water (a must!), light soup, and canned pineapple in juice (great as an ingredient or as a straight-up snack).

Bread - Keep it in the fridge or freezer to lengthen its shelf life. And a pack of high-fiber tortillas is a good investment, since you can bake them into thin pizza crusts, make wraps with them, or cut and bake 'em into chips! 


Dairy - Generic/store-brand versions of fat-free and low-fat dairy items are smart choices. Also consider how well an item multitasks. For example, sour cream is good, but you're not gonna eat it with a spoon. Choosing fat-free plain yogurt (Greek or regular) will give you more options -- use it as a sour-cream swap, add to smoothies and parfaits, or just stir in a no-calorie sweetener packet and snack away!

Snacks and Sweets - Buy large bags, and ration your goodies out; it's good for your wallet and your waist. For a SERIOUSLY helpful guide to creating DIY 100-calorie snacks, click here!

 
 
 

***POP-UP HG COSTCO LIST***
 

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It's the second Friday in October, which means it's World Egg Day. This calls for a big celebration in the form of a big egg bake!

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